Re: [PATCH 2/2] arm64: bpf: add BPF XADD instruction

From: Daniel Borkmann
Date: Wed Nov 11 2015 - 14:41:38 EST

On 11/11/2015 08:23 PM, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
On Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 07:50:15PM +0100, Daniel Borkmann wrote:
Well, on that note, it's not like you just change the target to bpf in your
Makefile and can compile (& load into the kernel) anything you want with it.
You do have to write small, restricted programs from scratch for a specific
use-case with the limited set of helper functions and intrinsics that are
available from the kernel. So I don't think that "Programs that used to work
will now no longer work." holds if you regard it as such.

So I don't get this argument. If everything is so targeted, then why are
the BPF instructions an ABI.

If OTOH you're expected to be able to transfer these small proglets,
then too I would expect to transfer the source of these proglets.

You cannot argue both ways.

Ohh, I think we were talking past each other. ;) So, yeah, you'd likely need
to add new intrinstics that then map to the existing BPF_XADD instructions,
and perhaps spill a warning when __sync_fetch_and_add() is being used to
advise the developer to switch to the new intrinstics instead. From kernel
ABI PoV nothing would change.
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